Here are a few political items worth mentioning that you might have missed.  


The latest Morning Consult poll has South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in fifth place with five percent among Democratic primary voters.  That number does not change when just taking early primary voters into account.   Buttigieg was at nine percent back in April.

It’s officially a contest on the Democratic side in the 5th Congressional District.  Dee Thornton, who ran in the last cycle, is officially getting in the race. She announced Monday.   Meanwhile, former State Rep. and Lt. Governor candidate Christina Hale is reporting having raised $100,000 since announcing last week.  Meanwhile, on the Republican side, we are told State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell is very likely to get in and State Police Director Doug Carter tells Indy Politics he is not, despite some talk that he was considering it.

Speaking of Congressional candidates, Jeannie Lee Lake announced last week she wants a rematch with Greg Pence in the 6th Congressional District.  

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett is unveiling a new television commercial, it features images of former Mayor  Bill Hudnut and touches on themes of bipartisanship. 

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) introduced the Government Bailout Prevention Act to ensure that federal dollars cannot be used to help insolvent state, territory, or local governments pay off their obligations. Under this bill, no arm of the federal government, including the Federal Reserve System and the U.S. Treasury Department, can pay or guarantee state and local obligations if that state or local government entity has filed bankruptcy, has defaulted on its debts, or is at risk of bankruptcy or default.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security announced today it’s now accepting applications for the Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG), a matching state grant dedicated to safety initiatives at Hoosier schools. The grant application is open through Aug. 2.

Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center (DTC) and the Midwest Hemp Council are co-hosting a hemp field day on Friday (July 19) at Meigs Purdue Ag Center, 9101 S. 100 E., in Lafayette, Indiana. 

Outdoor Indiana, the bi-monthly magazine of the Indiana DNR, placed second in the nation among State-run conservation magazines at the Association for Conservation Information (ACI) conference this month.